At most shows there is some sort of performer that is not an aircraft. Often it is a vehicle with a jet engine (Shockwave, Smoke-n-Thunder, etc.) or super cars of some sort (Precision Exotics, etc.).
This year I saw something that I had never seen before. Someone on a dirt bike did a backflip over a flying airplane (Kyle Fowler's Long EZ). The act had a lot of people standing up and moving forward to see. It definitely left an impression on the audience and I'm sure it was one of the highlights for the average viewer. I know I've seen a video of someone jumping over Skip Stewart and Red Bull did something similar several years ago, but there can't be too many shows that have had something like this, right?
All that being said, I'm curious who, or what, is your favorite non-aviation airshow performer?
This one was particularly cool to watch, and it got close enough to burn the hair on my arms
I'll give ground acts and most acts of any kind a chance. The jet trucks are fun when they can parade around on a taxiway and pop the afterburner close to the crowd before making their run, and races against aircraft can be cool. I'd definitely rather see that than skydiving or drones.
There was further odd ball entertainment between flying acts:
Going further back, the 'Brotherhood of Destruction' were in Al Ain in 2009. They had a considerably cheaper transit charge on the return to the US after selling some of their cars to the locals who were last spotted doing doughnuts on the runway.....
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